Let’s talk about Google

Inspired by Isobel’s post from the Ctrl + Alt + Dev blog, I thought I would dive deeper into Google and its social impact activities. I found out that Google in fact supports a number of organisations working with social change. In the past few weeks, I’ve focused on big …

Tools and Tips Part 2: Event Coverage of ICT4D WEBINAR

Rise of platforms for data collection & analysis: Making the right choice After blogging about the broad ideas around big data for development for the last few weeks, it’s now time to take a look at some nitty gritty details of data platforms on the rise and into the realities …

On the phone with Prince Youlou

In this post, Emanuel talks to Prince Youlou about an exciting project in the Republic of Congo. Listen to the podcast by clicking on the link below. Interview with Prince Youlou coordinator of Fongwama, an organization working in the field of big data and development based in the Republic of …

A conversation about ‘ICT4Development or De-development?’

Our blog Big Fat Data is about conversations about data and development. Our aim is to we engage with each other and others. In this post, Sara and Lan have an informal chat about Emanuel’s article and what they took away from it. Lan: I found Emanuel’s post very interesting …

Blockchain: disrupting development or a mirage of technology?

ICTs are pervasive and undeniably a part of development agendas worldwide. In this post, I’d like to briefly examine how ICTs are contributing to development and whether new technologies, such as blockchain, are helping to alleviate poverty as many experts claim. In the entrepreneurial and business world, disruption is a …

Big Data vs. Tuberculosis

The government of India’s goal to eradicate tuberculosis by 2025 is both admirable and ambitious. Tuberculosis was not only responsible for the death of 1.6 million people in 2017, but is also one of the top causes of death from a single infection agent, even topping AIDS (WHO, 2018). For …

“Big Data,” another Buzzword?

By now we have all heard expressions claiming that “big data” is the new oil, or that “big data” will fuel the next industrial revolution, terminologies comparing data to important resources that have shaped the world as we know it. It is important to note that data is a raw …